Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth Curated by Hamish Bowles

Glamour, elegance and historical significance are all on display at House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, an elaborate exhibition which is gracing the storied halls and gilded ballrooms of Chatsworth House, until October the 22nd, 2017. Curated by American Vogue magazine’s International Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles, under the creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the exhibition was first conceived six years ago when Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington, was searching the house’s vast archives for a christening gown for her son, James. With the Duke and Duchess’ of Devonshire consent, she asked Mr. Bowles to take a look and they all agreed that the magnificence of the clothing and textiles in storage was too splendid to not be put on display. Rizzoli publishing house agreed too and has published a book by the same title documenting this collaboration which is available from the Stables and Orangery shops at Chatsworth.

A Gucci dress created by Alessandro Michele for the Duchess of Devonshire. Photo © GUCCI.

Located in the heart of Britain‘s beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park, Chatsworth House – one of the ten Treasure Houses of England – harkens back to a time when grandeur was an everyday occurrence, when ladies and gents dressed in couture for supper and adorned themselves with diamonds and tiaras on the weekends. And it is this lifestyle that is presented through the fashion retrospective, revealing the clothes and accoutrements of some of the inimitable “characters” that has lived and graced Chatsworth House, such as Duchess Georgiana, Duchess Deborah (one of the famed Mitford sisters), Adele Astaire, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy and Stella Tennant (Duchess Deborah’s granddaughter) among others.

Alexander McQueen dress worn loaned by Stella Tennant, model and the Duke’s niece to Chatsworth House Style. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Dress by Hussein Chalayan courtesy of Stella Tennant and Stephen Jones hat shown in the library. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Dresses on display in State Music Room. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Dresses on display in State Music Room. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Dress by Alexander McQueen worn by the Duke’s niece Stella Tennant on her modelling debut. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Deborah Devonshire Mistress of the Robes. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Deborah Devonshire Mistress of the Robes. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Coronation Robe in the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House Style. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Deborah Devonshire’s dress worn for Elizabeth 11 coronation shown at top of stairs in the Painted Hall. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Painted Hall, Chatsworth. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Wedding dresses of the family in the Chapel, part of the Circle of Life display. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Family wedding dresses in the Chapel. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Dressing for Dinner in the Great Dining Room. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Duchess Louise’s Worth dress from the Devonshire House Ball, one of more than 100 dresses spanning 500 years of history at Chatsworth House Style. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
Lady Isobel Stanley’s costume for the 1897 Devonshire House Ball by Jean-Philippe Worth for the House of Worth. Photo courtesy Chatsworth House Trust.
The making of “House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” exhibition.
​Photo © Chatsworth House Trust.
The making of “House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” exhibition.
Photo © Chatsworth House Trust.
The making of “House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” exhibition.
​Photo © Chatsworth House Trust.
The making of “House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” exhibition.
​Photo © Chatsworth House Trust.
The making of “House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” exhibition.
​Photo © Chatsworth House Trust.

 

 

 

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